When you’re working, you’re working.

This morning I read a very interesting article titled “Time to call time on out of hours email?” Whilst this article could be easily categorised as just another treatise on work-life balance and the contemporary tendency to work long hours, its impact on me was driven by one sentence: “in 2015 people in the UK […]

Graduation

So, this is the week when all of the hard work, by so many students is rewarded with the award of degree certificates. Proud parents, siblings and partners watch on as graduands receive their degrees, whilst draped in regalia that most will never wear again. In a blaze of colour Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees […]

What others think of us is none of our business

This morning I learned that someone from my childhood in another country has died. It is sad above all else for his family and friends, of whom I believe he had many. It is also sad for those who were his fans, who enjoyed the music he produced. Oh yes, did I forget to mention, […]

Looking down the road.

A couple of years ago we used to deliver a PhD Induction program called Personal and Professional Development Planning. Within this I would use an Advanced Driver Training model to demonstrate the benefits of looking down the road to observe what is ahead and anticipate what might unfold, leading to decisions about the most appropriate […]

Letter of the Law and Spirit of the Law

So this week we learned that a UK parliamentary body had suggested that some members of a cycling team did not break the sporting laws in terms of taking drugs but they had “crossed an ethical line”. Specifically, the allegation is that they were given an asthma medication that would ultimately benefit their racing performance. […]

Consequences

The concept of consequences is central to the topic of career management. The decisions we take today will have consequences in the future, some of which it is possible to anticipate, some of which we do anticipate, some of which we do not anticipate and some of which we could not possible anticipate. As I […]

If tomorrow never comes.

This blog post is dedicated to the man who stepped out in front of my car as I drove to work this morning. As I plan the second Health & Wellbeing day for University of Leicester PhDs, one of the issues I think about is mindfulness. In other blog posts I have prattled on about […]

It’s nice to be important, but is it really more important to be nice?

The late British entertainer Bruce Forsyth had amongst his several catch phrases “it’s nice to be important but it is more important to be nice”. Does this apply in our professional lives? After all, the workplace is a ruthless environment, where the tough survive, the Psychopath reaches the top, and those who are concerned with […]

Calling on Evidence

This morning I was listening to a radio news item on the type of Christmas presents people buy. The item referred to some research on people’s spending habits when it comes to buying Christmas presents. The suggestion was that people who are better off spend the same, or in some instances less, than their less […]

When did mindfulness become a thing?

“The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” ― Alice Morse Earle In career terms we spend much effort in planning for the future, where we might be in a given amount […]

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